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Old 09-03-12, 08:29 AM
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Hi everyone,

This is the review I posted on my website/blog for the Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition Case.

I can't do the formatting and put all the pictures I want into this post, so if you're interested, google an excerpt and it should come up (Akuma's Den is the website). Apart from that, this is all the writing, so you'd only be seeing some pictures and an unboxing.

Please leave some feedback as I would greatly appreciate some!

Cheers

The Thermaltake Level 10 series has been around for a few years with two main models- the Level 10, and Level 10 GT. Many different variations were made, such as Snow edition, and GT LCS models. In early 2012 though, Thermaltake announced a new case to add to the Level 10 line, the Level 10 GTS.

The Level 10 GTS is basically a smaller version of the Level 10 case. Many refer to it as the Level 10 mini, because in comparison to the Level 10, it is exactly that, mini.

The case measures 46.2cm tall, 23.3cm wide, and 51cm long and weighs in at 6.8Kg. On the other hand, the Level 10 is 66.63cm tall, 31.8cm wide, and 61.4cm deep and weighs 21.37kg. When you look at it like this, the Level 10 GTS is definitely mini.

Following the release of the Level 10 GTS, Thermaltake stayed true to the Level 10 series by releasing a Snow Edition case, the Level 10 GTS Snow Edition. This is the case that I will be reviewing today.

Important Specs

Colour

White & Black

Case Fans

Front (200mm Blue included), Rear (120mm included), Top (200mm or 2x120mm), Side (200mm or 140mm), Bottom (120mm)

TOTAL: 5, or 6 if 2x120mm on top

Case Type

Mid Tower

Front Panel

2xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, 1xHD Audio & MIC, 1xPower & Reset Switch

Motherboards Supported

ATX, Micro ATX

Cost

$135 (snow edition); $129 (standard edition)

What you get with the Level 10 GTS Snow Edition is the case, a manual, warranty card, and a box full of various screws. Inside the case however, you get a 200mm Blue LED fan at the front, and a 120mm fan at the rear. To stop dust from coming in, dust covers are installed for the PSU/bottom, front fan/panel, top fans and side fan. One thing I would like to note though, is that the dust cover for the top of my case came broken. This was probably as a result of shipping. The case is packaged quite well with a bag around the case, and foam on top and underneath it. Personally, I think it would be safer if the foam was on the sides but there wasn’t any other damage to the case other than the dust cover so it isn’t too important as it's probably just an isolated incident.

Good things come in small packages and the Level 10 GTS is no exception to this. The case is jam packed full of great features. Some very, very nice features are the cable management space, anti-vibration rubber grommets, the dustfilters and the USB 3.0 front header. The case has plenty of space for all your cables. My Corsair VX-550w (non-modular) Power supply tidied up the best I’ve ever seen it before. As you can see in the pictures there is still room for improvement on my part, but that is entirely because my power supply is non-modular, some cables aren’t long enough, and could probably be managed better by me.

Cable management is definitely one of the cases strengths, and you can definitely tell a lot of work has been put into it. The 4 cutouts for cables will fit a considerable amount of cables in them, and the cutouts are surrounded by rubber in order to keep your cables undamaged. There is also a cutout on the right side panel (the side where the cables are routed to) which gives it just that extra bit of space so that all your cables will fit behind.

The case also has rubber grommets that sit in the holes for the screws for fans, and also the hard-drives. As a result of this, there is no audible vibration from the fans or hard-drives.

The dustfilters are located in these areas: PSU/bottom, front panel, top fans, side fan. As I mentioned before, the dust cover for the top of my case was broken, but apart from this all of the other dust covers were fine. They are easy enough to access, especially the power supply and front panel ones. These dust filters are definitely a positive and need to be integrated into more cases. Thermaltake has dust filters on most of their lower end cases, but none as comprehensive as this. For dusty areas this is definitely something that needs to be taken in consideration, and the dust filters included are very effective and can be cleaned very easily.

Positives:

A mini version of the largely popular Level 10/Level 10 GT Case

Cost is very reasonable at $135

One of the best sub $150 cases around

Plenty of cable management holes and space. The cable management features stunned me, with a non-modular power supply looking neat and tidy in it

USB 3.0 front header

Side headset holder works well

Anti-vibration grommets for hard drives and fans

Tool-less hard drive and bay drive system works well

PCI locking system keeps everything nice and secure

Screws for side panels stay in the holes so you won't lose them

Negatives:

The side headset holder is too close to the ground if your case is on the floor

Some dustcovers are very fragile

Neutral (can go either way/personal preference):

The looks of the case may not be to everybody's liking because it has a very straight contour, but then there are the tubes on the side.

The white and black colour scheme plus Blue LED fans.

Lack of side window

Score: 93%

The case is fantastic and squeezes everything great about the Level 10 that it can into a mid-tower case. The colour scheme is fantastic and really does look great. The overall aesthetics of the case will be hit or miss depending on the person, but it does grow on you.

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Old 09-03-12, 10:22 AM
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Needed some decent pictures.
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Old 09-03-12, 06:57 PM
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That case, in my opinion, is the ugliest version of a Level 10 case. Ever. I don't care if it really is only $100, so ugly.
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Old 09-03-12, 08:04 PM
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That case, in my opinion, is the ugliest version of a Level 10 case. Ever. I don't care if it really is only $100, so ugly.
Agreed.
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Old 10-03-12, 12:44 AM
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Needed some decent pictures.
Thanks for the feedback Tom, really appreciate it as you were a big inspiration to me and one of the reasons why I made my website!

What kind of pictures would you recommend? I've got a better camera now that I will use in the future, but how should I be taking them (positioning etc)?

Cheers mate
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Old 19-03-12, 08:43 PM
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I think the level 10 has potential

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I think the level 10 has potential

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That is SO ugly... amazing attention to detail and fantastic work... but ugly! I wouldn't use that case if someone paid me.
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Old 20-03-12, 06:17 PM
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Check out this mod then:
That is amazing, that must have taken ages to do, I really like it.
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